Owls get the best of the Hawks

With 4:29 to go in the second half between Temple and St. Joe's Wednesday evening, Hawk senior Langston Galloway nailed a three that tied the ballgame up at 65. The Hawks had multiple opportunities to then go ahead of the Owls, but their shooting went cold, and Temple ended the game on a 12-4 run to win the Big 5 battle 77-69.

It was a game of runs on North Broad Street Wednesday night. For Temple fans, that was a good thing, as they ended the first half on a 9-2 run, and the game on a 12-4 run. Those two runs, which combined for 21-6, were the difference.

Langston Galloway was the only real bright spot for the Hawks on Wednesday, finishing with 24 points on 6-12 three-point shooting. While Galloway went 6-12 from three, the rest of the team was a combined 0-13. Without his Herculean effort, this one wouldn't have even been as close as it was. Galloway single-handedly kept St. Joe's in the ballgame down the stretch.

Halil Kanacevic had a terrific start to the game for the Hawks, and when he was on the floor, the Hawks were the better team. Unfortunately for his team, he spent a good chunk of the game on the bench with foul trouble. Kanacevic picked up his fourth foul, 45 feet from the basket, at the 13 minute mark of the second half. It was a bad one too, as it relegated him to the bench. St. Joe's had a 51-48 lead at that point. With him on the bench, and Chris Wilson struggling, St. Joe's had difficulty initiating their offense.

Like Kanacevic, Ron Roberts started the game strong as well. Roberts had 11 points in the first half, but only finished the game with 13 in a game where he appeared to have a marked advantage on the inside. Ron committed a team-high 5 turnovers as well. During the second half, Ron was frequently doubled in the post, forcing him to kick the ball back out. Rarely was he re-fed the ball closer to the hoop.

DeAndre Bembry finished with 12 points on 5-9 shooting for St. Joe's. DeAndre also had 9 rebounds. In a five-minute stretch in the second half, Bembry went on a scoring flurry, scoring 8 points and keeping the Hawks right in it. DeAndre is at his best in transition, and that's where he did his damage tonight. The next step for him is being able to slash to the rim similarly in the half-court.

One problem that has plagued the Hawks this season, and did once again tonight, was point guard play. Chris Wilson finished with 7 points, but went 0-6 from three and 3-10 overall. He also had a missed layup, an airballed three, and a critical turnover when he moved his pivot foot while beginning a set.

Temple was led by Will Cummings (pictured above), who had 16 points, including a baseline jumper at the end of the shot clock down the stretch in the second half. Dalton Pepper also had 16, despite sitting much of the second half with an apparent injury. Anthony Lee had 15 and Quenton DeCosey had 10 for the Owls as well.

The loss drops St. Joe's to 4-3 and improves the Owls to 4-3. St. Joe's returns to action on Saturday night at home against Villanova.

Tonight's game at Temple was an important one for the Hawk. Their inability to close the game, which was tied at 65 in the closing minutes, is a recurring problem. Poor perimeter shooting, bench productivity (2 points tonight), Kanacevic's foul trouble, and lack of quality play at the point guard position are issues the Hawks will have to overcome all year long. They're back at it in three days against 14th-ranked Villanova.

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